Quizlet.com is a free website which takes the typical 3×5 index cards and takes them to a whole new level. Teachers can use sets of terms that are already on Quizlet.com, as there are already thousands of them, or they can create their own. Quizlet supports the creation of traditional flashcards, but it can also generate assessments and learning activities using the user’s list of terms. With Quizlet’s built-in translator and dictionary it is especially useful for the study of foreign language or vocabulary, but it also contains a total of six different learning modes that make it practical for any content. Flashcard mode allows users to display both the term and definition on one side of card or on opposite side. Plus students can use the audio function that reads the term and definition to them. The speller mode utilizes powerful text-to-speech software that will speak the term and then ask the student to spell what they hear.
Quizlet supports many languages, 18 total including English, Spanish, French, Arabic and German. Learn mode prompts the user with the term through an audio or visual cue then the student must define the term. Quizlet will keep track of those answered incorrectly and retest those terms until the student masters them. The test mode generates a randomized assessment of written, matching, multiple choice, and true/false questions. This mode is customizable and allows the user to choose the quantity and type of each question. There are also two game modes, scatter and space race. The scatter game displays the terms and their definitions scattered on the screen. The object is to drag the term or definition and drop it on top of its match. This is great practice for students, especially younger ones, for items on the new ISTEP. The other game mode, space race, scrolls a term across the screen and the user must define the term before it reaches the end of the screen. Points and lives are accumulated or lost which allows for competition among students or classes. All of these features are free to users, but there are more premium features that come at a cost to the user.
How to Get Started
*Here is a guide with instructions on how to use each of the features on Quizlet.com.
*This video is a little long but the first five minutes will give you an overview of the program and its features as well as how to set up an account.
- Generate customizable randomized assessments
- Interactive games to help students review course content and vocabulary
- Create sets of terms and share with other teachers
- Differentiation tool for audio and visual learners
- Review content and vocabulary before assessments
- Embed any set of terms on any website
- Competitions between students using game features
- Vocabulary builder for ELL students
- Students can create their own sets and share with other students
- Add QR codes to handouts that link to supplemental digital studying material
Why it Matters (Teaching Rubric)
2.1 Resources, Activities, and Materials – Quizlet allows teachers to integrate a digital tool that offers students a choice on what they want to review. They can make up their own set of terms according to the material that they are struggling with most or as a teacher you can make a set for all students, but allow them to choose the mode on Quizlet they would like to use to review.
2.2 Presenting Instructional Content (Essential Competency) – Six different learning modes allows teachers a variety of ways to engage students with academic vocabulary. With Quizlet you can also differentiate for the audio and visual learners.
There are quite a few online resources out there that are similar to Quizlet, some are basic and others have features similar to Quizlet.
Your challenge is to take a look at Quizlet and consider how you might use a tool like this in your content area. In the comment area below, offer a thought or an idea of how you would integrate Quizlet or a similar tool in your lessons. What could you do with Quizlet? If you have used Quizlet please share your experiences with it and how you have used it in your classroom.
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